From 59 €/person
Rila Monastery Private Tour: Hiking
All year round
Comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen and a jacket.
Your day at Rila monastery and Stob's pyramids
The start of your day begins with pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia. After 2 hours drive we reach the Stob's pyramids. An hour and a half of walking and exploring the beautiful site will make us wish to stop in a local restaurant for lunch (optional and not included in the price). Then we will continue our trip to the Rila monastery, where will visit first the cave of St Ivan of Rila (45 min walking trail) and the 19th century monastery complex, including the medieval defense tower. We start our journey back to Sofia around 16:00h.
18:00 h arrival in Sofia.
This tour option combines the Rila monastery visit with the wonders of Bulgarian nature. You will have the chance to feel how rich of natural and cultural sites our country is.
Stob`s pyramids Overview
Nature has created many beautiful places, but in Stob nature has created one of its masterpieces. The picturesque forms have different names – The Towers, The Brothers etc. From the top of the pyramids you are able to see a fantastic view of the whole Rila valley, with the hills, which are leading you to the monastery. The trail to the pyramids is fairly accessible, but you will need comfortable shoes and a bottle of water.
Rila Monastery Overview
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a must-visit tourist attraction for both Bulgarians and foreign visitors. It was built at its present place in the 14th century. The oldest buildings in the complex date from this period - the Tower of Hrelyu (1334–1335) and a small church just next to it (1343). However, the arrival of the Ottomans in the end of the 14th century was followed by numerous raids and a destruction of the monastery in the middle of the 15th century.
The monastery complex, regarded as one of the most impressive masterpieces of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, was declared a national historical monument in 1976 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. On 25 May 2002, Pope John Paul II visited Rila Monastery during his pilgrimage to Bulgaria. He was greeted by the Monastery's igumen (hiero monk), Bishop Ioan, who had been an observer at the Second Vatican Council.
Where you'll be
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The tour price includes: transfer to/from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia, guide in English or other common language, parking fees, entrance fees, Meals and personal expenses are not included. Private guided tour. Children (1-16yrs) 20% discount.
Check all prices and book online here: V Travel Online Booking
The departure point for this tour is from your hotel or accommodation within Sofia city limits. You will be notified for the exact pick up time from our agents approximately 2 days before your tour.
Reviews for V Travel-Day Tours from Sofia
Definitely recommend this trip with V Travel as their guides seem to really know the history behind the sites. Ivan was out guide and he had an answer for every... read more
Took the tour to Veliko Tarnovo in mid-December 2019. It's about a 3 hour drive. The city is absolutely beautiful and pictures really do not do it justice. On top... read more
A long day (4 hours each way) but so very enjoyable! We were collected by our Guide Ivan, who was super professional & knowledgable, whilst also friendly. A great... read more
Visit Rila Monastery UNESCO site
Professional guide in many languages
Great scenic and fun hikes
Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel
Private A/C estate car or minibus